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Breaking: Jeff Scott resigns as Berkeley library director

The Berkeley Public Library announced Monday that Jeff Scott has officially resigned from his position as director of library services. The move comes just 10 months after Scott took the position, in November 2014. The resignation is effective Sept. 8.   Scott’s abrupt departure comes in the wake of a controversy over the weeding of books at Berkeley’s central […]

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City of Berkeley unveils new open data portal

The city of Berkeley has officially launched a new website featuring 17 data sets related to everything from municipal water usage and employee salaries to crime heat maps, energy consumption, restaurant inspections, registered business licenses and much more. The city unveiled the website, which began on a pilot basis in December, on Thursday. City spokesman Matthai […]

Posted inCrime

Berkeley police hope bike registry will deter thieves

By Francesca Paris Many cyclists in Berkeley know the all-too-common pain of losing a bike to thieves. Far fewer have experienced the opposite: the rare joy of a reunion. The Berkeley Police Department wants to change that, with the help of an independent bike registry called Bike Index. The police department’s struggle with unregistered bikes manifests itself in […]

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Free events celebrate Berkeley’s revamped libraries

Call it a “library warming.” As a way to celebrate the completion of its branch renovation campaign – and highlight the dozens of community programs it presents each month – the Berkeley Public Library is hosting a month-long party. The Branch Out! celebration will bring concerts, art exhibits, pop-up libraries at food truck gatherings, a […]

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Berkeley block by block

Just how diverse are different Berkeley neighborhoods? What percentage of households earn under $30,000, or over $200,00? Where do a large percentage of mortgages consume more than 30% of household income? The treasure trove of data in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey can tell you those answers and more. But to extract the data […]

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Gear up for the Big One with help from friends

The basement below Barrows Hall was buzzing with activity this morning, since it served as the command center for UC Berkeley’s annual campuswide disaster drill. At University Health Services Tang Center, volunteers simulated having injuries ranging from abrasions to a severed arm, allowing the clinic staff to practice triage and treatment. The university police and […]